Window Replacement: What Do You Need To Know?

September 9, 2021

 An open, new window lets sunshine into a room

Deciding to replace your windows is a big decision. Of course, you want to make sure you do it right and get the best bang for your investment buck. So, we’re here to give you some things to consider as you move forward. 


When hiring a contractor, avoid one that considers getting a permit optional. That is a huge red flag as to their integrity and the quality of their work. Building permits are a requirement in most cities for window installation. Getting one will also ensure there are no complications if you ever decide to sell your home. 

Getting a building permit also protects you and your family by ensuring that all the work done to your home is up to current safety codes. 

Egress Codes

Speaking of safety codes, the Egress Code is one of the most important ones for bedroom windows. Adhering to the egress codes ensures a person can safely exit the window in an emergency. If your bedroom windows don’t meet current egress requirements, your contractor will need to bring the opening for your new windows to code, which may increase your costs. 

Lead-Based Painted Window Frames

Question: Was your home built before 1978? If so, in 2010, the EPA ruled that when replacing any windows in houses built before 1978, you must test for lead-based paint on all surfaces around the window frame. 

  • Good To Know Tip: If the paint tests positive, your window renovation will require an EPA-certified firm to take over this part of the renovation, ensuring the containment and cleanup of the lead-based paint follows EPA guidelines. This may increase the duration and cost of your renovation, so you’ll want to plan accordingly.

Types of Windows: Retrofit or New Construction

Next, you’ll need to figure out what kind of windows you need: Retrofit or New Construction. Now it might sound like a no-brainer. Use Retrofit when replacing old windows and use New Construction if you’re doing a new build. However, there are several exceptions to that rule, such as when increasing or reducing the size of an existing window. You may also need to use New Construction windows if you are adding a window to an existing wall in your home. 

  • Good To Know Tip: If you have New Construction windows installed, a portion of your home’s exterior will have to be removed and re-installed. So, you’ll want to account for that cost.

Energy Efficiency

Last but certainly not least is energy efficiency. New windows are a significant investment, so why not choose windows that will eventually pay for themselves? Energy-efficient windows can beautify and improve your home’s soundproofing, all while lowering your energy bills. We at Fairview Home Improvement call that a win-win. Call us for a free window consultation to find the best solutions for your home’s needs today.

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